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Jolo attack: Future trend of suicide bombings in Philippines

  • Ulta Levenia and Alban Sciascia

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Jakarta/Singapore   /   Fri, September 11, 2020   /  11:01 am
Jolo attack: Future trend of suicide bombings in Philippines Soldiers walk past the body of a man slumped beside a tricycle following an armed attack in front of the temporary headquarters of the army's First Brigade Combat team, in Jolo on the southern island of Mindanao on June 28, 2019. (AFP/Nickee Butlangan)

Recent suicide bombings conducted by female Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG)-Sawadjaan operatives have confirmed a new trend in terrorist attacks in the southern Philippines. Several elements show that this modus operandi chosen by the ASG will definitely continue in the months to come. The Philippines authorities announced recently that both perpetrators who blew themselves up and killed 14 people and injured 75 civilians and soldiers were Philippine nationals. There had been speculation before the official announcement that one of the perpetrators was an Indonesian, and more particularly the daughter of the couple Rullie and Ulfa, the 2019 Jolo church suicide bombers, first results of the ongoing investigation tend to show the contrary. In fact, after investigating through CCTV footage and the remains of the bombers, the Philippines authorities came to the conclusion that the perpetrators ...

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